Defy the Fates

Defy the Fates

Hunted and desperate.Abel only has one mission left that matters: save the life of Noemi Vidal. To do that, he not only has to escape the Genesis authorities, he also must face the one person in the galaxy who still has the means to destroy him. Burton Mansfield's consciousness lives on, desperate for a home, and Abel's own body is his last bargaining chip. Alone in the un...

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Title:Defy the Fates
Author:Claudia Gray
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Defy the Fates Reviews

  • Adah Udechukwu

    Defy the Fates was perfect, perfect, perfect.

  • Jacqueline

    I've settled on a four star rating because, while I preferred other books in the series, the series still feels worth the read to me and I enjoyed it so much overall. Happy reading! :)

    This is a hard one to rate because I loved everything except for the last three chapters. The last three chapters are important.

    When you want a book so badly you keep coming back to check the release date as if it will somehow change if you keep looking at it. Hint: it does

    I've settled on a four star rating because, while I preferred other books in the series, the series still feels worth the read to me and I enjoyed it so much overall. Happy reading! :)

    This is a hard one to rate because I loved everything except for the last three chapters. The last three chapters are important.

    When you want a book so badly you keep coming back to check the release date as if it will somehow change if you keep looking at it. Hint: it doesn't.

  • Sharon

    By the last half of the book, I got super invested. I was like oh shit please don’t kill off the good characters – but especially my favorite ones. Considering how this had a literal 30-year galactic war, my anxiety was up thereeee.

    Here are some of my thoughts:

    • I love that the plot perfectly balances science and religion. This series is seriously coming through with those areas, as well as philosophy, morals/ethics, politics, mortality, etc. There are some serious deep thinking involved in the

    By the last half of the book, I got super invested. I was like oh shit please don’t kill off the good characters – but especially my favorite ones. Considering how this had a literal 30-year galactic war, my anxiety was up thereeee.

    Here are some of my thoughts:

    • I love that the plot perfectly balances science and religion. This series is seriously coming through with those areas, as well as philosophy, morals/ethics, politics, mortality, etc. There are some serious deep thinking involved in the plot and the motivations of groups of people. It really makes me ponder the question of, “What would humans do for the sake of survival of their people? For their loved ones? For themselves? Heck, what would

    do for it? And in this series, we certainly see characters go to extreme length to preserve their planet, to preserve their loved ones, and to preserve themselves. In those actions, ethics and morals really come into question. We also see characters genuinely believing their “bad” or violent actions are right and justified. We see the line of religion and zealotry. And we see the debates of whether or not a mech with a soul is truly a being who deserves rights. (The answer is yes, they do fyi! Fuck those asshole characters who were so cruel and obtuse to Abel.) However, besides the questionable things, we also see humans having compassion for one another (and mechs).

    • In addition, this book in particular poses 2 interesting questions: “What/who are you fighting? And what/who are you fighting for?”

    • The romance is super sweet. It’s pure and all-consuming and beautiful. Between a mech with a soul and a human

    . I love that they both give each other a reason to live. They are both so fucking loyal (him to his creator and her to her planet) and they are all too willing to sacrifice themselves. And he is also too willing to sacrifice himself for her. However, I’m glad they both have given each other hope for a life where they can actually be alive and happy, which is probably something both of them never imagined for themselves before. They have learned to be simultaneously more selfish and giving.

    • Abel is fucking adorable. I really enjoy his narration with his odd robotic-ish thoughts but still so fucking human and genuine. I love how he is enthusiastic about learning new things and understanding humans and their emotions and his own emotions. Noemi is right in saying that he is the sweetest, purest, and best soul out there. He is more human than most humans, and isn’t that something?

    • Noemi is badass. This girl is always moving, always willing to help and get things done, love it.

    • I’m glad that both Abel and Noemi found people who can appreciate them. They are both outcasts – him being a mech and her being a lone wolf – and it warms my heart they found good friends who accept them no matter that they have been declared so many terrible things about by other people. Virginia is supportive and hilarious. Harriet and Zayan are adorable and helpful. Ephraim is a calming, kind soul. It’s nice to see this crew of such different, capable people come together and literally save humankind sometimes – no biggie.

    • It was irritating at one point where Noemi went back to Genesis and she wasn’t really doing anything about finding Abel and being with him. I mean I know her world calls him a traitor but like…. She literally just called him her favorite person in the universe, and she’s gonna let him go like that? I mean I get why he didn’t try to be with her at that point – he misunderstood her about her feelings and he thought it was for her own good that he stayed away. I mean, maybe, she was too caught up in her planet stuff and she was too confused and mad at him to think about finding him yet – but it was irritating to see her think about finding him only when

    . I mean I’m sure she would’ve tried to find him eventually but idk I wanted to see more clear intentions from the start.

    • I find it interesting that while I was initially enchanted by the

    series – I mean that plot setup was just absolutely gorgeous and intriguing - this series, in my opinion, has played out more solidly in the long run. While the former might have the initially “shinier” setup, I have come to love this one more, in terms of the romance, characters, plot, and overall meaning. I was honestly so fucking scared going into this series b/c boy was the former an angst fest. While I was scared for the characters in this series at times, it was less straight-up angst IMO.

    Cute romance, 2 likable, strong main characters, great, supportive friendship, a well thought-out plot that delves deeper into science, religion, philosophy, morals/ethics, politics, mortality, and what have you.

    Happy/satisfying ending?

    Love triangle? Cheating? Angst level?

    Tears-worthy?

    Humor?

    Favorite scenes?

  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)

    4.5 stars

    I loved being back in this world but so sad that it is over!

    FRTC

  • Suzanne

    Satisfying conclusion to this trilogy. I actually found this one moved at a great pace and the characters really developed even more so. I really enjoyed the first two a lot but this one really focused a lot on Mansfield’s God complex (pet peeve of mine) and it got a bit obnoxious more than with the previous books. Overall, good conclusion.

  • Andi

    My local Barnes and Noble placed this out on the shelves early - nice.

    Now that the series is over, I feel kind of let down that the third book of the trilogy wasn't as engaging or enjoyable as the first two. I kind of suspected something (like being a tad left down) when I saw that it was thinner than the last two books. :/ (I like my prose, especially this book with its take on humanity and the future.)

    What I didn't like would probably be a better way to frame this review.

    - How easily everythin

    My local Barnes and Noble placed this out on the shelves early - nice.

    Now that the series is over, I feel kind of let down that the third book of the trilogy wasn't as engaging or enjoyable as the first two. I kind of suspected something (like being a tad left down) when I saw that it was thinner than the last two books. :/ (I like my prose, especially this book with its take on humanity and the future.)

    What I didn't like would probably be a better way to frame this review.

    - How easily everything gets wrapped up

    - How lame Mansfield was in this one

    - The lack of love/emotion (not like I was looking for sex, but you know, it would have been nice to have Abel explore more about love and or his feelings for Noemi instead of just statements and kisses)

    While I enjoyed the series on a whole, and I understand it is YA (and that Claudia Gray is really one of the best SciFi writers for YA's out there), I still think it wasn't as strong as the other two books in the series. Maybe there will be a return to the world in the future? Maybe there won't be. All I know is that it's over and now I have to find another series that features a robot coming to terms with humanity and falling in love.

  • Cindy Pham

    Although I appreciate the romance between the two main characters and the series as a whole, I felt like this book was a repeat of the conflicts we’ve already seen in the first two books, like the two characters being separated (once again) or sacrificing their lives for the other (once again). As a result, this book felt redundant and unneeded. Some of the misunderstandings were also uncharacteristic considering all they’ve been through together, and I wish there was more time spent on romance

    Although I appreciate the romance between the two main characters and the series as a whole, I felt like this book was a repeat of the conflicts we’ve already seen in the first two books, like the two characters being separated (once again) or sacrificing their lives for the other (once again). As a result, this book felt redundant and unneeded. Some of the misunderstandings were also uncharacteristic considering all they’ve been through together, and I wish there was more time spent on romance and tender moments instead. This definitely should have been a duology instead of a trilogy.

  • Mary

    That about sums up my feelings on the last two books.

    This should've remained a standalone. The first book was so good! And it all just bit the dust.

    The lack of imagery is starkly apparent in the 2nd and 3rd books. It was easy to overlook this in the first one but when the story focuses on several different planets and we barely get a glimpse at them all? OOF.

    The romance, which began as a cute and healthy relationship, quickly devolved into martyrdom and stupid miscommunication as the series cont

    That about sums up my feelings on the last two books.

    This should've remained a standalone. The first book was so good! And it all just bit the dust.

    The lack of imagery is starkly apparent in the 2nd and 3rd books. It was easy to overlook this in the first one but when the story focuses on several different planets and we barely get a glimpse at them all? OOF.

    The romance, which began as a cute and healthy relationship, quickly devolved into martyrdom and stupid miscommunication as the series continued. Why? None of that dragged on in the first book! Everything came to a close! I was happy with the ending. The ending to this series was saccharine, all too convenient and way too preachy. Not a fan.

    To top it off this was so mindnumbingly boring. I ended up skimming the last 70 pages or so when it became clear nothing was happening. We started at A went to B and C then went all the way back to A and all I could think was "holy shit why didn't you just cut out B and C and just resolve A?!"

    Ah, but then we wouldn't have had another book. Good old YA trilogy marketing, ammirite?

    I highly recommend reading the first book and then pretending its sequels don't even exist unless you're convinced you'll love them based off their blurbs. Regardless of how this series just failed harder than my math grades, its first entry was not only fulfilling enough to stand on its own but it was a ton of fun. The romance was really cute and the plot was different and interesting. Now I'm left wondering why I kept reading after that horrid sequel...

  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔

    8/29/18

    Forever disliking the re-designed cover themes, but it's I'll just read it on my Kindle like for the second book lol

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    8/4/18

    Coming back to find that this now has a title, synopsis and release date is honestly such a great surprise =D

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    I need more info on this now!

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